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post #1 of 6 Old 01-16-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Critique my freibergers?

These pics are from 2 weeks ago (with my brand new camera whoop whoop):

My boy Jerronimo (chestnut) is a freiberger with some arab, he's slightly poofy from his winter coat lol, and in the past 2 weeks he's put on more weight (thankfully). I've been working on his topline & muscle, any tips/comments greatly appreciated!

Beauty is a freiberger with 1/4 tb. She has short legs :) I couldn't get decent front/back shots but she's also quite wide. She has been losing weight (thankfully :P) and showing off some of her muscle...

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-16-2012, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and the gelding is 14 years old, the mare 12.
The gelding has a wacky past, has been recovering from a back injury(& has been for a while, but things take time). Also, I'm not confident of his feet - do they flair out too much (if you can see)? Is he standing too far under himself with his front feet? Or is it just my inability to make a decent confo pic :P?
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Is a freiburger a breed? Cute horses
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The gelding is standing too far under himself with his back feet. He has the characteristic stance of a horse who is trying to take weight off his hind feet. I thought back injury, before reading your explanation, so that verifies what I was seeing in his back (very slight roach).

I am not a farrier and have limited knowledge about shoeing, but looking at the shot of his hind feet from a rear view, the shoe look really tight to me. I mean , they ends of them pinch inward and look like they may be pinching his frog.

It;s also possible that his sickle hocked stance is due to hock pain.

In other repects, he is a nice looking horse.
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Both have very short and upright pasterns. Is this a breed characteristic? The gelding appears mildly calf-kneed, which may be what you're seeing. He also has a steep croup and the aforementioned camped under stance, but looks like an overall solid horse. The mare has a steeper shoulder and the same croup with slightly worse knees, and appears from that one photo to be very cow hocked. But again, but look structurally sound and useable.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-17-2012, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the responses!

Yes, freiberger is a swiss breed, a pretty much all round horse. It's a shame they're not well known outside of Europe, really, because we have a ton of them here lol.

Tinyliny, would you say there might still be something wrong with his back or his hocks? The chiropacter 'put him back together' 2 years ago (too long ago for him to still feel pain?), and he's gotten alot better in terms of suppleness and williness. But I'm not sure if something is still lingering. Maybe another visit from the chiropacter? Or do you think he's just simply still in recovery/coming to realise he doesn't need to relieve his back from pain?

Bubba, I believe it's bred, but it might have something to do with the farrier job as well. (I think?)

I'll pay closer attention to see if the gelding is always in a camped under stance, and maybe I'll get some better shots of the mare's confo.

Thanks again for the crit!
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